Palakkad: The Southern Railway on Wednesday conducted a speed trial run on the new converted broad gauge section of the Palakkad-Pollachi rail route. The trial train carrying officials and experts left Palakkad Town station at 10.15 a.m. at an average speed of 40 km/hr. It arrived at Pollachi Junction at 12.05 p.m.
In the return trip, the special left Pollachi at 12.25 p.m. and on attaining a speed of 60 km/hr arrived at Palakkad Junction at 1.45 p.m.
The authorities of Southern Railway Construction Organisation and Palakkad Division assessed that the trial run as successful.
A Ramakrishna, Deputy Chief Engineer, led the construction organisation team from Podanur.
Mohan A. Menon, Additional Divisional Railway Manager, headed the team from Palakkad Division of the Southern Railway.
According to railway authorities, the first train between Palakkad and Pollachi chugged along in 1898. The coal-powered trains used to carry goods between the two towns located at distance of 59 km
Similar speed trial runs will again be undertaken in the coming days as a part of assessing the strength and durability of track in this section, informed officials of the Southern Railway.